The Visa Waiver Program: What it is, What's Happening, and Why You Should Care

Posted by Kevin Hack on January 28, 2016 in Blog
The Visa Waiver Program is maintained by the DHS to offer ease of access into the United States for passport holders from certain countries. As the name suggests, passport holders from VWP participating countries can access the United States for 90 days without applying for a visa.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 40: Who's the Leader?

Posted on December 10, 2015 in Countdown
This week in Countdown: POTUS addresses the nation, an omnibus bill in Congress, Donald Trump and more
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Making Sense of Congress' Legislative Reaction to the Paris Attacks

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on December 07, 2015 in Blog

In the aftermath of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, France, Congress has introduced, and in some cases voted on, several important bills regarding Syrian refugees, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and U.S. national security. The most significant bills are H.R.4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, H.R.158, Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015, S.2300, the American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, a bill identical to H.R.4038, and S. 2337, the Visa Waiver Program Security Enhancement Act. These 4 bills...

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 39: An Average Week in America

Posted on December 03, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown shootings in the US, Trump's bigotry, EU out of "peace process" and more
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No Entry

Posted by David Curtis on August 17, 2015 in Blog
Arab Americans and American Muslims know all too well the troubles and humiliations one encounters when attempting to travel to Israel or Palestine. Cases of American citizens being denied entry to Israel are plentiful and well-documented; in fact, even the U.S. State Department has warned that “U.S. citizens whom Israeli authorities suspect of being of Arab, Middle Eastern or Muslim origin … may face additional, often time-consuming, and probing questioning by immigration and border authorities, or may be denied entry into Israel.” This not-so-tacit acknowledgement of racism against our own citizens by one of our greatest allies is a troubling concession.
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An Open Letter to: Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Posted on August 17, 2015 in Washington Watch
Not only has Israel consistently violated its treaty obligation, but our government has failed to live up to its commitment to protect the rights of its own citizens.
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Posted on May 16, 2015 in Arab American Institute

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) authorizes the Attorney General and Secretary of State to allow temporary visitors from certain countries to come to the United States without nonimmigrant visas. Central to the Visa Waiver Program is a provision that guarantees reciprocal travel privileges for American citizens seeking to visit that country.

Currently, there is both a congressional and joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of State efforts to admit Israel into the Visa Waiver Program. In particular, three of the bills exemption language that exempts Israel from the waiver requirement by lessening the reciprocity requirement for Israel to be...

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You Can’t Have It Both Ways

Posted on September 25, 2014 in Countdown
The Arab American Institute joined thousands of other groups in registering voters across the country for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday and some big breaking news: our nation’s first African-American attorney general, Eric Holder, is stepping down and will leave his position after six years serving the president.
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CAP Fellow Teams up with BDS Group to Thwart Israel Visa Bill

Posted by The Washington Free Beacon on May 21, 2014 in News Clips

A fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) Leadership Institute was scheduled to moderate a congressional briefing Wednesday on ways to kill a piece of legislation that makes it easier for Israelis to obtain U.S. visas.

The briefing, held on Capitol Hill in a Senate office building, was organized by the group American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), and was to include remarks from an official of the group U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, one of the leading sponsors of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The groups seek to stop Congress from passing a bill that...

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Week ahead: Boxer yields on Israel visa waiver

Posted by Al Monitor on May 16, 2014 in News Clips

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has dropped controversial visa waiver language from her US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, Al-Monitor has learned, paving the way for easy passage in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week.

Boxer is expected to offer an amendment during the May 20 mark-up that would nix language requiring the Department of Homeland Security to offer Israel visa-free travel once it has “made every reasonable effort, without jeopardizing the security of the State of Israel, to ensure that reciprocal travel privileges are extended to...

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